This is the latest thrift store cache, a smallish but respectable lot. First is a nice, sturdy hardback of the winter classic, Owl Moon, which I bought to replace my raggedy paperback copy. Next to that you see a mint condition copy of Sector 7 from that wordless master, David Wiesner. I am so happy to add that to my bookshelf! Then we add to our Tomie de Paola collection with Strega Nona Meets Her Match. Underneath you see a really novel book that is excellent to leave lying about near the breakfast table for the children to “discover.” It’s called: Nature Got There First: Inventions Inspired by Nature. But the real treasure Goodwill had to offer me was this book on bottom left called Owls by Tony Angell. It is fascinating. This is truly what a living book is all about.
Tony Angell is a naturalist and an artist and he writes and draws about eighteen different owl species with superb realism and from his own first hand experiences. (Read this lovely article on him here.) I never really thought much about owls, but they are a fascinating part of the bird family and this book is just the hook to draw someone in. I also discovered that Angell is actually from this area and he has several public sculptures around the Puget Sound that I hope to see at some point. The book is published through the University of Washington so it’s not a big mainstream seller, but it’s absolutely worth keeping an eye out for!